As The Christian Post noted last year, in June of 2011 Perry helped to organize a day long fasting and prayer rally, called "The Response" in Houston, Texas in which he invited all U.S. governors to participate.
"Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters," Perry said at the rally.
As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy," he continued.
Carson, a Seventh-Day Adventist, told Religion News Service in 1999 that "I spend just as much time in non-Seventh-day Adventist churches because I'm not convinced that the denomination is the most important thing ... I think it's the relationship with God that's most important."
As CP reported in May of last year, Carson said in a 2008 interview with PBS that his faith deepened when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
"And I just said, 'Lord, if it's time for me to go, You know what is best.' I don't want to go, but if it's time, that's fine, I trust You,' and I was at peace. It gave me more perspective and I think it really did — think I was pretty empathetic before, but I think I am even more empathetic now when people are facing death or when they are facing really horrible things, in terms of having a real sense of how they feel. So I think it was a good thing," Carson said.
Sessions "has served as a lay leader and as a Sunday school teacher at his family's church, Ashland Place United Methodist Church, in Mobile. He served as the Chairman of his church's Administrative Board and has been selected as a delegate to the annual Alabama Methodist Conference."
Sessions was also the first sitting U.S. Senator to back the President-elect's candidacy. His racism is well known. He is considered to be a strong opponent of immigration and wants strict screening of immigrants who come from the Islamic world. He wants laws that discriminate against new immigrants on the basis of religion.
As Politico reported Dec. 2, in a 2001 speech she spoke about the importance of engaging culture for the Kingdom of Christ including education.
He sponsors weekly Christian bible studies in the White House. Pence and his wife Karen attend The College Park Church in North Indianapolis, an evangelical megachurch.
Rick Perry Is in Charge of Nuclear Safety--Too Bad He Doesn’t Understand Science
Trump’s energy secretary embraces climate denial.
from Mother Jones by James West
Energy Secretary Rick Perry told CNBC Monday morning that he doesn’t believe carbon dioxide is primarily responsible for global warming, contradicting the overwhelming scientific consensus on the causes of climate change.
When asked by interviewer Joe Kernan whether CO2 is the “primary” driver of changing temperatures, Perry responded, “No, most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in.”
Perry downplayed human impact on the climate and argued that it’s just fine to say the science behind global warming is not settled. “The fact is this shouldn’t be a debate about, ‘Is the climate changing, is man having an effect on it?’ Yeah, we are. The question should be just how much, and what are the policy changes that we need to make to effect that?” he said. “This idea that science is just absolutely settled and if you don’t believe it’s settled then somehow you’re another neanderthal, that is so inappropriate from my perspective.”
Perry’s climate denial is well established. “I don’t believe that we have the settled science by any sense of the imagination to stop that kind of economic opportunity…Calling CO2 a pollutant is doing a disservice the country, and I believe a disservice to the world,” he said in 2014.
Perry’s comments on Monday follow similar statements made by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact,” Pruitt said on the same CNBC program, Squawk Box, in March. “So no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see. But we don’t know that yet. We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.”
Pruitt and Perry are contradicting the scientific consensus on global warming, including the work produced by US government agencies. Up until recently, the EPA’s own website stated that “carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change,” but the agency has since taken down that section of the website, pending a “review.”
EPA accelerates purge of scientists
Members of the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors were told that they would not see their tenure renewed.
by NATASHA GEILING
Dozens of Environmental Protection Agency scientists were recently informed that their contracts would not be renewed this August, leaving a key EPA office without important scientific guidance.
According to an email sent to EPA scientists and obtained by the Washington Post, the EPA has decided not to renew the posts of any scientists working for the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC). The BOSC functions as an advisory board for the EPA’s Office of Research and Development, and helps the office make sure that it is using sufficiently rigorous science in its research and development programs.
“The Board of Scientific Counselors was formed to make sure the EPA does the best possible scientific work with limited taxpayer dollars,” Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a statement. “This independent advice is needed now more than ever. By sacking dozens of scientific counselors, Pruitt is showing that he doesn’t value scientific input and the benefits it offers the public.”
Board members are chosen by the EPA administrator, and serve three-year terms. It is customary for first-term members to receive a second three-year appointment, though reappointment is granted at the discretion of the administrator.
Scott Pruitt removes scientists from EPA advisory panels to make room for industry advocates In May, Pruitt notified nine BOSC members to tell them that they would not be receiving a second-term when their tenure ended in August. At the time, the New York Times reported that Pruitt wanted to make space for representatives from industries — like the chemical industry, or oil and gas industry — which the EPA is charged with regulating. In an email to the Washington Post, Scott Openshaw, a spokesman for the American Chemistry Council, said that the dismissals would help address industry concerns that “EPA advisory boards did not include a diversity of views and therefore frequently presented a biased perspective on issues before them.”
The new wave of dismissals brings the total number of BOSC members who will be out of a job in August to 47, which will leave just 11 members serving on the BOSC and its five subcommittees. None of the subcommittees will have a chair or vice chair, and all committee meetings scheduled for late summer and fall have been cancelled.
“Pruitt has pulled off a devious process here: he’s signaled that he intends to dismiss experienced advisors whose terms are expiring over the next year — and he’s using the fact that he’s dismissing them to immediately block them from doing any more work,” UCS’s Kimmell said.
The Trump administration has a notably antagonistic relationship with science, from top administration officials blatantly contradicting the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change on national television to deep proposed cuts to science programs across the federal government. Under Pruitt’s leadership, the EPA has scrubbed climate science from the agency’s website, and has rejected scientific advice from its own agency scientists while issuing regulatory decisions. Pruitt is also currently being reviewed by the EPA’s Scientific Integrity Officer for his false comments about climate change made on CNBC in March.
“The decision to suspend the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors and dismiss numerous scientists from its ranks is another brazen act of disregard for science by Scott Pruitt.”
“The decision to suspend the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors and dismiss numerous scientists from its ranks is another brazen act of disregard for science by Scott Pruitt. I’m concerned that he may continue to replace scientists with industry insiders or simply leave the Board in limbo,” Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), told ThinkProgress via email. “Pruitt’s longstanding antipathy to the agency he leads, and its mission of protecting clean air and water, will become a greater menace to public health as he cedes more and more influence to industry at the expense of sound scientific advice.”
According to an administration official, who spoke anonymously with the Washington Post, the dismissal of BOSC scientists could just be the beginning of a larger scientific shakeup within the agency. According to the official, the administration is also looking into replacing members of the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board, a body of scientific counselors meant to provide scientific advice to the administrator.
The news of the most recent round of dismissals broke the same day as news that the EPA is planning whittle its overall workforce by more than 1,000 employees, through buyouts and early retirement.
Scientists just published a study calling out the head of the EPA by name
No, warming is not “leveling off.”
Defying Trump, Twitter feeds for US government scientists go rogue
Trump Nominates Non-Scientist to the Top Science Position at the Department of Agriculture
"Clovis's nomination is just the latest example of the Trump Administration’s disregard for science and efforts to muffle support for environmentalism."
from Common Dreams by Evan Popp
"Concerns that government climate change data will disappear during Trump’s presidency have spurred a push by scientists and activists around the world to preserve that data," Popp writes.
Donald Trump’s nomination of his former campaign aide, Sam Clovis, a man with no formal science training, as undersecretary of research, education, and economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture has drawn criticism. The top science position at the agency, the undersecretary is charged with administering $3 billion worth of funds, two-thirds of which are dedicated to research. Clovis, who has stated that he is “extremely skeptical” of climate change science, was previously a conservative talk radio host and professor of business and public policy.
"Clovis has consistently shown a disregard for serious scientific research. He’s said of climate change research that “a lot of the science is junk science” and “not proven,” even though the vast majority of scientists agree that climate change is happening and is caused by humans."
A 2008 bill requires that the position be filled “from among distinguished scientists with specialized training or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.” Clovis has a doctorate in public administration, but no background in hard science. When The Washington Post reached out to Clovis to ask him about the controversy over his appointment, he told them that he can’t speak to the press.
Mike Lavender, senior Washington representative for the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Food & Environment program, tells The Progressive that Clovis’s appointment is illegal because he doesn’t meet the qualifications necessary for the position. This especially matters, he argues, because of the effect the USDA’s top scientist can have on the lives of farmers and many others.
“A lack of scientific understanding in this role is going to impact millions of people and is going to impact the investments we make in this country,” Lavender says. “It could end up having a negative effect on a lot of people.”
The position of undersecretary is charged with ensuring scientific integrity in the department. But Clovis has consistently shown a disregard for serious scientific research. He’s said of climate change research that “a lot of the science is junk science” and “not proven,” even though the vast majority of scientists agree that climate change is happening and is caused by humans.
In comparison, Barack Obama’s first nominee to the post, Rajiv Shah, holds a master of science in health economics. Following Shah, food nutrition expert Catherine Woteki held the position.
The former national co-chair of the Trump campaign and current White House advisor on agriculture policy, Clovis does have his supporters, including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. In a statement, Purdue called Clovis a “trusted advisor and steady hand,” and “the facilitator and integrator we need.” Clovis has also received the support of twenty-two agricultural industry groups.
Even so, Clovis could face a tough Senate confirmation fight. The top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, has said she has “strong concerns that Sam Clovis is not qualified.” Delaware Senator Chris Coons and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, both Democrats, have also expressed qualms about the nomination.
And Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, has criticized Clovis for stating in 2013 that subsidized crop insurance is unconstitutional, although Clovis has since walked that comment back. But Roberts saidof the 2013 remark, “If there is some nominee who is coming before the committee who says crop insurance is unconstitutional, they might as well not show up.”
While Lavender argues that Clovis’s lack of a scientific background and his denial of climate change should be disqualifying, he’s unsure what the Senate will do. But, he says, “There are people on both sides of the aisle looking at this nomination with a critical eye.”
Clovis’s nomination is just the latest example of the Trump Administration’s disregard for science and efforts to muffle support for environmentalism. Soon after he took office, Trump—who has also denied the existence of climate change—sent a directive to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Interior Department, and the USDA limiting those agency’s communications with the public. He also imposed a federal hiring freeze, which led to a number of unfilled jobs at the EPA. That freeze has now been rescinded, but many positions remain vacant.
And under the direction of climate change denier Scott Pruitt, the EPA has scrubbedinformation from its website about the Earth’s warming and humans’ impact on long-term temperature increases. Many scientists and activists are also worried that crucial government data on climate change will disappear during the Trump Administration.
Recently, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a report identifying a number of actions Trump and the Republican-led Congress have taken that “diminish the role of science in our democracy.” The report lists thirteen Congressional resolutions signed by Trump that “roll back” science-based protections, such as safe drinking water standards and measures that prevent workers from contact with harmful chemicals.
"Clovis's nomination is just the latest example of the Trump Administration’s disregard for science and efforts to muffle support for environmentalism."
The report also notes that the Trump Administration has “weakened federal advisory committees that provide scientific advice to the government,” has scaled back pollution standards, and has delayed a number of science-based regulations meant to protect localities from chemical spills and workers from dangerous toxins.
These actions have been met with resistance in many forms. In April, more than a million people in over 600 cities around the world participated in the March For Science. Additionally, more than a dozen Democrats with backgrounds in science have announced they are running for Congress.
And after Trump muzzled much of the public communications of the Interior Department—which includes the National Park Service—tweets about climate change appeared on the Badlands National Park Twitter account. Since then, alternative National Park Service and EPA Twitter accounts with thousands of followers each have been created.
Meanwhile, concerns that government climate change data will disappear during Trump’s presidency have spurred a push by scientists and activists around the world to preserve that data.
Lavender argues that protecting scientific inquiry is extremely important; a disregard for science “is really a disregard for the safety of Americans," he says, "and all the protections that science-based safeguards can bring about.”